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The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Take a look at the bracelet that Andrew created for Sarajo Wentling's Honey Do Challenge! Resin Figurine Repair Step-by-Step Rescuing old inventory of Christmas figurines: how to determine type of paint to use, prepare for painting, match colors and match finish coat. Alligator Gar Scale Earrings! What are "Alligator gar scales" you might ask? Well, check out this video from Tappingflamingo. Terry Jeanette will explain all about it.... Happy Birthday Silhouette Accordion Card A folding screen card is a cute variation on an accordion fold card because it’s made to resemble a room divider screen. How to make one with your electronic cutter or with stamps and hand punches. Window to the Soul Check out Cindy's version of this pattern, available on Etsy. Decide your own color choices!

Recent publications: September 2016

Creative Beading Vol. 11: The best projects from a year of Bead&Button magazine Beads: A History and Collector's Guide by Stefany Tomalin All the Twos: 30 Fabulous Projects with Two-hole Shaped Beads by Teresa Morse Arapaho Women's Quillwork: Motion, Life, and Creativity by Jeffrey D. Anderson Crochet Jewelry: The Ultimate Modern Crochet Jewelry Projects for Beginners (Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets) by Alice Anderson Crochet Jewelry: The Complete Guide To Making Amazing Necklaces, Earrings And Bracelets - Plus 5 Fashionable Crochet Jewelry by Kimberly Howard DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry: From Monogrammed Pendants to Embossed Bracelets--30 Easy Jewelry Pieces from! by Adrianne Surian Simple Jewelry: Handcrafted Designs and Easy Techniques by Clair Wolfe

Square-cornered jasper bead embroidery tutorial - part one

There are many methods of stitching square or rectangular bezels, both in bead weaving and in bead embroidery, but by far my favorite method is the herringbone corner.  I recently came across this extremely deep jasper cabochon that I bought years ago, buried down at the bottom of my stone stash.  Ok, time to dust it off and show you the easiest square or rectangular bezel you ever want to see!  You may not be able to find stones exactly like mine, but I suggest you choose colors and materials that suit you. Materials Red jasper cabochon Red jasper top drilled bead Seed Beads Size 11/0 Iris bronze Iris peacock Silver-lined purple Size 15/0 Transparent rainbow dark gold Tools Nymo beading thread, size O, black Beading needles Scissors Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede Double sided tape 1. As usual, stitch a row of back stitch around the stone with size 11/0 seed beads (Iris bronze).  To make it easier to see, and to set off the architectural look of this

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part two

The first three steps for this bead embroidery tutorial were posted last week and can be found at the link! Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story .  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail. 4. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best!  Last week I was left wondering whether to add more accent beads around the outside of the design as well as in the middle.  Obviously I decided no.  The cabochons are pretty busy, and I really didn't want to stitch something that would detract too much, so I added a row of silver-lined size 11/0 seed beads plus a row of size 8/0s in the same color as the first row of back stitched outline beads.  Then I cut out the piece and cut a backing piece of fabric to match. 5. Edging brick stitch all aro

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Section Five is Live! The free Tiny SAL is almost halfway done, but there's still plenty of time to get involved. Find out how to get the charts. Silhouette Foil Print & Cut: How to Save Time & Money This Silhouette Foil print and cut project should be quick and easy. It will be for you if you follow the tips Eileen learned along the way.

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part one

Isn't it nice when you find a way to redeem a mistake?  That's exactly what I'm trying to do here in this latest bead embroidery tutorial!  I made these flat jelly roll polymer clay pieces several years ago, and was less than thrilled with how they turned out.  By far the biggest disappointment was that I should have placed them over scrap clay to get a rounded shape rather than leaving them flat. Still, live and learn...and use what you have rather than always buying more!  That seems to be my motto this fall :-) So grab your free copy of Chapter one of Every Bead Has a Story , and join me in making lemonade out of lemons! 1. Adhere your cabochons to a piece of foundation fabric .  I used glue this time instead of double-sided tape, because I am a little more fearful of pieces popping off since they are totally flat rather than rounded.   2. To begin, I added a row of back stitch around each shape with size 11/0 seed beads .  Make sure your bead count

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The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Andrew's Creative heART Challenge is going full steam ahead! See his latest creations for this project! If you like rubies, you'll be in for a treat! Make a Donation Can for Your Favorite Charity with Laser Image Transfers & Cut Vinyl Text Here are two methods to create designs that conform to uneven surfaces like the ribbed surface of this can. Tiny SAL - Get Involved Section three of the free Tiny SAL has been posted - find out how to get started. Snap out of it, jean! There's beading to be done! Jean reviews Metalsmithing Made Easy, A Practical Guide to Cold Connections, Simple Soldering, Stone Setting, and More! by Kate Ferrant Richbourg--a great book

Book review: Modern Beaded Lace

As a lacemaker, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel realized one day that a bead could be a stand-in for a knot of lace.  Since she was also a beader, this became the start of something seriously lacy!  Rather than forcing beads into traditional lace stitches though, Cynthia figured out how to use traditional beadweaving stitches and let the results resemble lace.  This is really good news for those of us who enjoy beadweaving but have never dabbled in lacemaking.   Modern Beaded Lace is an intermediate skill level book, and you really need to be familiar the beadweaving, or be willing to spend some time working on the stitches, which have excellent illustrations. Cynthia introduces us to the basic vocabulary, including the three main elements of lace -- figures, cordonnets, and ground -- and she promises that each project uses one or more of these elements in its design.  She also includes a primer of types of lace (think Hardanger, bobbin, tatting, etc) and each project tells you which la

Black glass pendant bead embroidery tutorial - part two

Last week in Part One , I showed you the first few steps in getting your bead embroidery project set up and started.  Today we'll finish off the beaded bezel and the backing.  This is a quick and easy bead embroidery project, especially if you are a beginner.  I would also invite you to go get the free download of Chapter one of my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story , which will walk you through the stitches and materials if you've never done this before.  Chapter two has detailed instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel.   1. Working off the back stitched row of size 11/0 seed beads , add rows of peyote stitch until you reach the very top of the donut.  At that point, switch to a smaller size of beads ( size 15/0 is what I use), and add one or two rows to cinch in the top over the edge of your donut.   I've added two rows because of the shape of the top edge of my pendant, and also for added security.  Remember from last week, my donut is stitched dow